We celebrate today what is popularly and traditionally called the Feast of Christ the King. This feast marks the last week of our Liturgical Year. The New Church Year begins with the First Sunday of Advent. Next week is when we begin to anticipate the coming of the Lord Jesus.
Have you noticed that many people tend to say “I go to church?” In reality, Christ does not call us to “go” to church; He calls us to be Church. We are to live our lives in such a way that it is clear we are Catholic Christians. Just as much, because Christ is our King, we belong to the Kingdom of God.
Are you aware that the name “Christ” is a royal title? In biblical Greek it refers to “the Anointed King.” Jesus is the one anointed to fulfill God’s plan of salvation that we may be saved. He is the King of all Creation.
St. Paul referred to Jesus as “King of kings and Lord of lords,” a phrase with which we are familiar. If we accept Christ as our King, and if we live our lives as His disciples and followers, we are certainly part of His Kingdom.
Pope Pius XI instituted today’s solemnity in 1925 at a time when many countries were struggling with total loyalty to secular royalty. Pius XI wanted us to recognize that our loyalty is to a higher power, our spiritual king in heaven.
Pius XI wrote at that time, “For Jesus Christ reigns over the minds of individuals by His teachings, in their hearts by His love, in each one’s life by the living according to His law and the imitating of His example.”
May Christ the King reign in your hearts, your families, our parishes, and our world. God bless you all!
In our Father’s hands,
😄 Fr. Greg